Built in 1998 by the city of Xenia, Xenia Station houses a local history museum, a classroom/meeting space and an observation tower called the Hub Lookout.
Xenia Station was custom built in 1998 for the city of Xenia by a local contractor and is located on a 9-acre (36,000 m2) city park of the same name, which has play equipment, picnic tables, a picnic shelter, nature areas, a caboose and off-street parking. The site is the former PRR freight yards. The building's first floor houses a local history museum which includes railroad memorabilia while the second floor has a classroom/meeting space. Xenia Station is also the hub for 5 regional rail trails, two of which are segments of the unfinished Ohio to Erie Trail, which will run from Cincinnati to Cleveland. In addition to the museum and classroom/meeting space, the building also has restrooms, vending machines and water for the bicyclists, hikers and others who use the park. It also has a large map of the rail trails and the Hub Lookout, which is a tower accessible by spiral staircase that provides a panoramic view of the rail trails.
As late as 1960, Xenia had 3 railroads running through it, as follows:
- The B&O Wellston subdivision, which ran between Washington Court House and Dayton;
- The Pennsylvania Railroad's Little Miami branch, between Cincinnati and Springfield: and
- The Pennsylvania Railroad's Pittsburgh to St. Louis mainline. Amtrak used this line for the National Limited until 1979.
All 3 railroads saw diminished usage by the late 1970s or early 1980s, and each was eventually taken out of service, abandoned and removed. The Pennsylvania Railroad's Pittsburgh to St. Louis mainline, owned by Conrail after 1976, remained intact until the late 1980s.
The crossing of these 3 railroad rights-of-way created 6 spokes on a wheel with Xenia Station in the center. Of these 6 spokes, 5 have been or are being converted to rail trails. The one exception was the B&O line west to Dayton which did not become a trail because it closely paralleled the Pennsylvania mainline to Dayton.
Clockwise from the north, the 5 rails trails are:
The Xenia-Jamestown Connector will run from Xenia to Jamestown and beyond, but there is now a short gap from Xenia Station to Jasper Road. Former B&O Wellston Subdivision to Chillicothe and Wellston.
- Miami Valley Bike Trails - Xenia Station
- David Matthews
- Greene County Parks and Trails: Stations and Staging Places on Greene Trails - includes Xenia Station
- Ohio Bikeways - Xenia Station
- Xenia Community Schools
- City of Xenia list of parks including Xenia Station
- City of Xenia gallery for Xenia Station